Friday Photos: True Passover

Eleanor Parker (’22 – ’13) was a brilliant actress who played comedy as deftly as she played drama. Her voice was film noir husky, and she used it like a musical instrument. Raised a Protestant, she converted to Judaism. “I think we’re all Jews at heart,” she told columnist Kay Gardella. “I wanted to convert for a long time.” Her daughter spent a summer working on a kibbutz, married an Israeli, and settled in Israel permanently. Parker’s best films are: Caged (’50) Detective Story (’51) Scaramouche (’52) Interrupted Melody (’55), and The King and Four Queens (’56).

Eleanor Parker (1922–2013) was a brilliant actress who performed in comedy as deftly as she played drama. Her voice was film noir husky, and she used it like a musical instrument. Raised a Protestant, she converted to Judaism. “I think we’re all Jews at heart,” she told columnist Kay Gardella. “I wanted to convert for a long time.” Her daughter spent a summer working on a kibbutz, married an Israeli, and settled in Israel permanently. Parker’s best films are: Caged (’50) Detective Story (’51) Scaramouche (’52) Interrupted Melody (’55), and The King and Four Queens (’56).

The Szyk Haggadah, Łódź, 1935, Arthur Szyk was the greatest Jewish illuminator of modern times.

 

Bernard Picard Search for Leavened Bread' ('L'Examen Du Levain'), 1723

Bernard Picart, engraving
Search for Leavened Bread’ (‘L’Examen Du Levain’), 1723

 

Passover Set Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert, American, b. Germany, 1900-1981 New York, United States, 1930 Frankfurt, produced 1978 Silver, ebony, and glass Seder Plate: 4 1/16 × 13 5/16 × 11 7/16 in. (10.3 × 33.8 × 29.1 cm) Cup: 6 3/16 × 2 7/8 in. (15.7 × 7.3 cm)

Passover Set
Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert, American, b. Germany, 1900-1981
New York, United States, 1930 Frankfurt, produced 1978
Silver, ebony, and glass
Seder Plate: 4 1/16 × 13 5/16 × 11 7/16 in. (10.3 × 33.8 × 29.1 cm) Cup: 6 3/16 × 2 7/8 in. (15.7 × 7.3 cm)

 

 

 

Meichel Pressman, American, b. Galicia, 1864-1953 The Seder, 1950 Watercolor on paper 22 1/4 × 18 1/2 in. (56.5 × 47 cm) Pressman evokes the lost world of Eastern European Jewry in this nostalgic Passover scene. Among the highly stylized group gathered for the ritual meal, the matriarch wears a typical Polish kerchief and the men are dressed in long black coats, the everyday costume of Polish Jews. Inscribed in Hebrew is the chant for the Haggadah, read during the Seder: “Next year in Jerusalem.”  “Born in Galicia, Meichel Pressman came to the United States around the turn of the century and worked as a pants presser. At the age of eighty-four, retired and in poor health, he found a box of crayons in his house and started to draw, choosing his themes from the bible and from childhood memories.” Jewish Museum

Meichel Pressman, American, b. Galicia, 1864-1953
The Seder, 1950
Watercolor on paper
22 1/4 × 18 1/2 in. (56.5 × 47 cm)
“Born in Galicia, Meichel Pressman came to the United States around the turn of the century and worked as a pants presser. At the age of eighty-four, retired and in poor health, he found a box of crayons in his house and started to draw, choosing his themes from the bible and from childhood memories.”
Jewish Museum

 

Audrey Flack, American, b. 1931
Matzo Meal, c. 1962
Oil on canvas
14 1/8 × 18 1/4 in. (35.9 × 46.4 cm)

 

Three-tiered Seder plate Moshe Zabari, Israeli, b. 1935 New York, New York, United States, 1984 Silver: fabricated, spun, hammered, embossed, welded, and forged; formed wire; lucite tiers Overall: 14 1/2 × 18 1/4 in. (36.8 × 46.4 cm)

Three-tiered Seder plate
Moshe Zabari, Israeli, b. 1935
New York, New York, United States, 1984
Silver: fabricated, spun, hammered, embossed, welded, and forged; formed wire; lucite tiers
Overall: 14 1/2 × 18 1/4 in. (36.8 × 46.4 cm)

 

El Lissitzky, Russian, 1890-1941 Cover, from Had Gadya Suite (Tale of a Goat), 1919 Lithograph on paper 10 3/4 × 10 in. (27.3 × 25.4 cm)

El Lissitzky, Russian, 1890-1941
Cover, from Had Gadya Suite (Tale of a Goat), 1919
Lithograph on paper
10 3/4 × 10 in. (27.3 × 25.4 cm)

 

Frank Stella, American, b. 1936 The Butcher Came and Slew the Ox, from Illustrations after El Lissitzky's Had Gadya, 1984 Hand-colored and collaged with lithographic, linoleum block, and screen printings 56 7/8 × 53 3/8 in. (144.5 × 135.6 cm)

Frank Stella, American, b. 1936
The Butcher Came and Slew the Ox, from Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya, 1984
Hand-colored and collaged with lithographic, linoleum block, and screen printings
56 7/8 × 53 3/8 in. (144.5 × 135.6 cm)

 

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, German, 1800-1882 Seder (The Passover Meal) (Der Oster-Abend), c. 1867 Oil on paper on canvas 24 1/2 × 18 in. (62.2 × 45.7 cm)

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, German, 1800-1882
Seder (The Passover Meal) (Der Oster-Abend), c. 1867
Oil on paper on canvas
24 1/2 × 18 in. (62.2 × 45.7 cm)

 

Seder Plate Tiered Seder Set Eastern Galicia or western Ukraine, 18th-19th century Brass: cast and engraved; wood: painted and stained; ink on paper; silk: brocade; linen; cotton 13 3/4 × 14 in. (35 × 35.5 cm)

Seder Plate
Tiered Seder Set
Eastern Galicia or western Ukraine, 18th-19th century
Brass: cast and engraved; wood: painted and stained; ink on paper; silk: brocade; linen; cotton
13 3/4 × 14 in. (35 × 35.5 cm)

 

Yemenite Passover Seder in Jerusalem. Note that they are eating the bitter herbs, 1939.

Yemenite Passover Seder in Jerusalem. Note that they are eating the bitter herbs, 1939.

 

Photograph of Jewish servicemen and servicewomen at a community seder at the Mayflower Hotel, 1946.

Photograph of Jewish servicemen and servicewomen at a community seder at the Mayflower Hotel, Washington D.C., 1946.

 

A young Jewish girl holds up a hand-baked matzah for the camera. Teheran, Iran, c 1964.

A young Jewish girl holds up a hand-baked matzah for the camera. Teheran, Iran, c 1964. After the fall of the Shah and the rise of the IslamoNazi crazies (thanks a bunch Jimmy Carter)  most of the Persian Jewish community has emigrated to Israel and America.

 

Ethiopian Jews receive Matzah via the JDC, 1992. Most of these Jews have been airlifted to Israel.

Ethiopian Jews receive Matzah via the JDC, 1992. Most of these Jews have been airlifted to Israel.

 

Ethiopian Jewish embroidery of Jews baking matzoh.

Ethiopian Jewish embroidery of Jews baking matzoh.

 

Lielle, Maayan, Ariel and Livia wish all our friends and relatives a happy and kosher Passover. Photo by: Steve Cohn www.stevecohnphotography.com © 2016

Lielle, Maayan, Ariel and Livia wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat and a  happy and kosher Passover.
Photo by: Steve Cohn
www.stevecohnphotography.com
© 2016

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  1. kgbudge
    Posted April 19, 2017 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Eleanor Parker: She’s so tiny.

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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    My dental hygienist the past several years is an Ethiopian Jew who was evacuated to Israel as a child where she grew up. She lives in Irvine and is married to a white Jewish man. They go to Israel every year to visit her family. She and I have had many conversations about American blacks and, like most of my black medical students who are foreign born, she has trouble understanding American blacks. She has told me she gets “hate stares” from black women when she is out with her husband.

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  3. Barry
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Add The Very Thought of You (1944) to Eleanor Parker’s list of best films. One that may not seem so fine initially, but grows in stature on repeat screenings.

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  4. Posted April 14, 2017 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    The Wolpert Passover set is stunning. There is nothing that a bit of Art Deco can’t improve.
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  5. inthePRofCA
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    I was fortunate to see some of the pages of David Moss’ Haggadah in progress as he and his family lived in Berkeley at the time he was working on it and we both attended the same shul.

    His “In every generation a person should see himself as if he personally went out of Egypt” are wonderful. It’s two facing pages that are a portrait album… except that each portrait is, when the volume is closed, looking into a Mylar mirror on the opposite page.
    You see it, you think of yourself looking in a mirror, and you ask yourself… “Do I?”

    http://davidmoss.com/projects/moss-haggadah/

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  6. serene
    Posted April 13, 2017 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    My grandfather z”l brought two silver-covered (with colored stones accents) Szyk haggadahs back from Israel many years ago. We don’t actually use them at the seder but we read through them on Pesach. Amazing pictures. The four sons really illustrate that time.

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